Discussion Nine: Juliette and Jennifer

Juliëtte van Duijnhoven, a postdoc researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, interviewed Jennifer Veitch via Skype on 31st Jan 2020

What makes a good lighting researcher? We learn from Jennifer that a degree in chemistry and low project budgets are not necessarily a hindrance; what can help are a good PhD supervisor, inspirational colleagues and an ability to imagine crazy things.

Jennifer also reminds us of what is probably a common, but commonly ignored, problem in human factors research: “the interpretation of the participants was not what I initially expected it to be.”


Discussion Eight: Aicha and Martine

Aicha Diakite, a PhD student at Technical University Berlin, interviewed Martine Knoop.

What is the most fun: Shaping the new generation? Or creating new knowledge?

Martine tells us about her role models, the benefits of basketball and swimming, and the joy of spreadsheets.  


Discussion Seven: Clotilde and Jan

Clotilde Pierson, a PhD student at Université Catholique de Louvain, interviewed Jan Wienold.

Conferences are an essential component of science. Jan describes how informal discussion with enthusiastic researchers can lead to new ideas, and suggests that difficult questions after a presentation can lead to better research. 

Jan also raises an issue which should concern us all: “research in the last years is mainly focused on producing very fast results without focussing on the thoroughness”.


Discussion Six: Michael and Peter

 Michael Kent, a researcher at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore, interviewed Peter Tregenza, formerly chairman of the Lighting Research and Technology editorial board and Head of the Sheffield University School of Architecture.

Peter Says “It is not calculations that are important, a machine can do those. You have got to answer the question ‘What is actually happening here?" 

Read the interview to find out more about his research achievements, his view on retirement, and the help he had from a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.


Discussion Five: Antonello and Kit

Antonello Durante, a PhD student at Dublin Institute of Technology, interviewed Kit Cuttle over skype on November 28th 2018.
Kit says “It has been the people … that have really driven my interest in lighting” Read the interview to find out how his career was influenced by Derek Philips, Joe Lynes, Mark Rea and Howard Brandston.


Discussion Four: Kiran and Mark

Kiran Maini Gerhardsson (Doctoral student in environmental psychology at Lund University; Illustrator/architect at Pecan Studio) met Mark Rea, June 2017.
KMG: Do you wear sun glasses?

MR: I do, but not in the airplane

Read the whole transcript to find out why sun glasses are an interesting topic for lighting researchers

Discussion Three: Kiran and Steve

Kiran Maini Gerhardsson (Doctoral student in environmental psychology at Lund University; Illustrator/architect at Pecan Studio) met Steve Fotios, April 2017.

In a wonderful display of shrewd planning, Kiran set up this interview without Steve being aware until the end of the intended purpose. 
KMG: Any publication you are particularly proud of ?

SF: … a review of the Kruithof curve … When you look at credible evidence, it is not supported ... But I suspect that conclusion will be ignored because people like a nice simple rule.